Here’s hoping that all yall had a nice weekend & enjoyed the Monday Holiday, commemorating the commonly accepted first founding of America. As best as my meager historical knowledge might be, it seems like Christopher Columbus was of Italian descent, but was funded for the voyage by the Queen of Spain. Therefore, it seems reasonable that all of the folks of Italian & Spanish heritage can claim the 12th as a National Holiday as well as the rest of us that got here as soon as we could. We hear that the folks down at the Banks and the Courthouse really enjoy it. Regardless of the reason, Holidays can be extremely enjoyable; especially during the week, as few folks come visiting. Ha! This past weekend was fairly exciting on the football scene even though several of the games didn’t come out quite like we would have preferred. It looked like the Golden Dillos (I’m still not very fond of the new moniker, “Dillas”), were going to do a replay of the ’59 team and upset the very good Brady Bulldogs. Even though they got shaded a bit right at the end, they earned everyone’s respect in a great showing. Barring any major mishaps, they might get an opportunity to meet the Brady boys on down the road at a playoff game. The Aggies were not able to score the last one on Sat., and the Longhorns had to play catch-up in the 2nd half with the Buffaloes of Colo. Dallas had little problem with K.C., and Kubiak’s kids of Houston couldn’t punch it in on the last try either. The Armadillos should be able to get back in the win column at Early and guess we’ll see how the Aggies come out up in Manhattan; Kansas, that is. Our fair Valley of the Pecan has certainly been blessed with the copious quantities of rainfall received as of late. We’ve gotten enough rain since the first of Sept. that it’s sort of difficult to keep up with tallying the exact amount and that is a very good factor. We’ve yet to hear any griping except from a few miss-guided wheat farmers that were complaining about the effect of too much moisture at emergence. They’ll get over it.
Daddy was elated that Richland Creek finally started running through up at the Gaddy Place at Algerita, but I’ve yet to get down to the Colony to see if Happy Holler is running through the ol’ Towerton Place. Maybe this will finally fill some of the tanks & ponds that still were below
the spillway. Son, Will should be glad as the duck ponds ought to be in good shape this winter for migrating flocks. We did notice that the street flow was extremely full at this writing down around the school, as well as around the red light along the sidewalk by Marie’s ol’ shop and the San Saba National building. I’ve not seen it that deep, except for a few times, since the heavy rains of ’57.
You’ve probably noticed my visiting with you some lately regarding Fall planting of container-grown trees and shrubs for the yard, orchard, or landscape. One would suppose that you can take a little extra time for planning the planting for a while as it would be a bit difficult to dig a hole without it filling with water. That is a good sign and I’m sure that it will dry enough pretty soon so that you can get it done. I’ve visited with
Johnny Duncan of Big Valley Farms lately and he reports several Pecan varieties opening now, but that it will probably be some time before we can worry about getting in the bottoms and orchards for any sort of mechanical
harvesting. Our Eastern Schley is opening next door, but the Onliwon is still hanging pretty tight. Daddy didn’t have to worry about his Pawnee or Sioux this season as the Squirrels cut all those when they were in the water stage. We don’t have to worry about 3 of them anymore. Other than that, guess the Mayor & yrs. truly will be looking to see yall out